Taught course

Public Administration

Queen Mary, University of London · Business Management

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Entry requirements

We are looking for people at any stage in their career who are thoughtful, intellectually curious, hard-working, ambitious and serious about developing their understanding of public management.

You must have a 2.1 or equivalent grade from your first degree, from a recognised university.

If your first language is not English, then we do require that you demonstrate a score of IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.0 in writing.

You will normally have three years’ working experience, typically in the public services or in a private company or voluntary organisation which provides public services or which provides consultancy to public authorities. Commonly, you will be a junior or middle manager, or perhaps you may be a professional who wants to move into managerial work. However, we will consider applications from people with experience in commercial or charitable work who plan to switch their career direction toward public management. In exceptional cases, we can waive the requirement for three years’ working experience.

International applicants:

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details on our English language entry requirements

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

A good upper second class honours degree or equivalent in any subject. Some basic quantitative skills and some elementary prior knowledge of accounting would be an advantage. IELTS 7.0 (with 6.0 in writing) or equivalent is required.

Months of entry


Course content

The Queen Mary Master of Public Administration (MPA) reflects our understanding of the vital importance of public sector management and our special expertise in providing management education to governments and the public services. In recent years, Queen Mary has made major investments in expanding our academic expertise in public management and policy. These investments have made the university a major international centre for public management education and research on public services and public policy.

Internationally, the demand for MPAs has increased during the last ten years. The effect of the global economic crisis has increased the demand for public managers who understand how to respond to imperatives for greater value for money, improved performance management and stronger financial accountability, and who appreciate the complex trade-offs involved in policy implementation.

This programme will:

  • Use a comparative approach to looking at countries; the course examines global and other supra-national tiers of governing
  • Look at both services and policy making: the Queen Mary MPA is a fully integrated programme covering public management from street level through to the headquarters of an international organisation
  • Emphasise the political context shaping public management
  • Enhance your career prospects, in any field of public management, nationally and internationally.

Information for international students

Please see here for more information.

Fees and funding

Please see here for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Business and Management
+44 (0)20 7882 8570